KILLAMANJARO, THE NO.1 CHAMPION SOUND
For more than forty years now Noel Harper’s mighty Killamanjaro sound system has been a leading light in the dancehall world. The sound was started by Papa Jaro in 1969 and it’s name is derived from Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, and throughout their history they have constantly scaled great heights both in Jamaica and worldwide.
As Killamanjaro’s set grew in size and popularity they started to recruit deejays with O Lord being their first resident professional mic man. As the seventies made way for the eighties so Killamanjaro marched onwards and upwards. A major plus for the sound occurred when Mr Harper recruited Ainsley Grey as main selector. Sadly we have yet to hear a full Jaro session dated earlier than 1982 but a typical dance around 1982/83 would feature such luminaries as Jim Kelly (b. Sylvester Morgan), the apprentice of O Lord, who by this time had flourished into a great chatter and the sets number one deejay. Other deejays on the scene at this time were veteran Lone Ranger (b. Anthony Waldron), Buro Banton (b. Donovan Spalding), who had two separate stints with the sound, Danny Dread and Dirty Harry. In addition John Wayne (b. Norval Headley) and Papa Tullo aka Tullo T (b. Everald Crawford), who were previously on Studio Mix sound, could often be heard at Jaro dances.
As well as the deejays Killamanjaro also promoted singers around the set. Long time dancehall fixture Puddy Roots (b. Junior Smith), who had started out as a deejay Puddy Lion on the Arrows sound in the mid to late seventies, morphed into a singer who would appear on many of Killamanjaro’s crucial sessions in the early eighties. He would also be joined by U.U. Madoo, a singer with a voice almost indistinguishable to his older brother Madoo. These singers along with others like the sweet voiced Hopeton James and the “original” Thriller were always there to provide an alternative vocal refrain.
Tragedy struck the Killamanjaro camp midway through 1983 when Jim Kelly was killed, yet another victim of the violence that permanently haunts Jamaican society. In time though the void was filled by, not one, but two top notch deejays Super Cat (b. William Marragh) and Early B (b. Earlando Neil). These sparring partners had been plying their trade away from Kingston on St Thomas’ King Majesty sound but they now took up residency on Killamanjaro, now one of the islands top sounds. From 1983 to 1985 Killamanjaro were near untouchable, especially when the “Doctor” and Super Cat were firing on all cylinders. New additions to the Killamanjaro family included Little Twitch, (b. Richard Wright) who’d started out at King Sturgav, and later Super Cat’s younger brother Junior Cat (b. Wayne Marragh).
Midway through 1985 it was all change again for Killamanjaro. Skeng Don was assembling his Sturmars set and he managed to lure Super Cat, Buro Banton and selector Ainsley to his “supersound”. Early B remained in the fold, and so did Junior Cat and Dirty Harry, and over the next few years they continued to remain a “live artist” force. Patcheye took over the role of chief selector. About a year after this Jeremy Lee took over as selector and Killamanjaro were now being spearheaded by the emerging rudebwoy talent of Ninjaman (b. Desmond Ballentine), armed with his unique quick-fire “labbrish” style. In another move, they then added the experienced King Sturgav deejay Charlie Chaplin (b. Patrick Bennett) to their ranks.
Killamanjaro continued to promote “live artists” on their set in the late eighties, even though times were changing in the dancehall. New regulars on the set included deejays German, Ironman, Daddy Shark, Supervisor (b. Augustus Sutherland), Hammermouth (b. Patrick Wedderburn) and musician Bugleboy. Perhaps the most important newcomer in the late 80’s was Ricky Trooper (b. Garfield McKoy) who joined as a deejay. He had been working as a deejay on the Creation sound as Screechy Trooper, but prior to that he’d been a selector from a very young age on sounds like Coptic, Volume One and Ultimate Touch.
Their aggressive soundbwoy attitude won them many soundclashes but gradually the dancehall business changed as the juggling style took over and the dancehall performers became obsolete almost overnight. But Killamanjaro flourished in the sound war era with Ricky Trooper, who’d taken over from Jeremy Lee and by now one of the greatest selectors/MC’s ever, leading them to many victories over the other top rated sounds from all around the world. In 2000 Ricky Trooper branched out on his own, as Sound Trooper, leaving Freddy Kruger (b. Paul Francis) fronting Jaro until he left in 2004. Things continued with Hype, Crazy D, Genius and Danny, who is also an engineer at the Killamanjaro Dub Store studio which cuts dubplates for sound systems. Freddy Kruger is now back on Killamanjaro along with DJ Tarick.
It’s now forty years on since Mr Harper built his sound and they are still a major sound system. For us though, the 1983-85 era is seen as the classic Jaro years, a time when the Killamanjaro sound well and truly ruled the dancehall.
WCTD MEETS NOEL 'PAPA JARO' HARPER
WCTD: Greetings Mr Harper, can you tell us of your earliest dancehall memories?
NH: My earliest dancehall memories started in the early 60's. On public holidays I was allowed to go to fairs at the community centre with my older siblings. I was only interested in the music and the sound system. Later on my neighbour bought a sound system. Every time they set up I would go by them. In the mid 60's my brother built a sound system, and I was very excited about it. After operating for awhile, he migrated to the UK, and it was left with my father. At this stage I was really getting attached to the sound system. My father operated it for a while and then sold it. I made a promise that I would build my own sound system when I graduated from high school.
WCTD: What year was this? Was it always called Killamanjaro?
NH: I started my sound system summer 1969. I thought about several names and settled with Kilimanjaro, but it was later changed to Killamanjaro.
WCTD: What area in Kingston does Jaro sound hail from?
NH: We are based at 1 Whitehall Ave, Kingston 8. This is where our office is located.
WCTD: What did the sound equipment consist of in the beginning?
NH: I started it with a Sony integrated 90 watt amplifier, and twelve inch speakers and Garrard turntable.
WCTD: Can you tell us how the set progressed from those earliest days and on into the seventies?
NH: Immediately after I started, I got a lot of encouragements from friends, so I acquired 2 eighteen inch speakers and a Sansui BA3000 power amplifier. The response was so good that I had to continue building the sound system. I later added 2 more 18's, then I got a Sansui BA5000. Previously I was using single 18's. At this stage I started to build double 18's. At this stage the sound had 4 double 18's. I did not stop, I kept building and building until I had 8 double 18's and 4 Sansui BA5000. We operated with 8 double 18's for a long time, until we increased to 12 double 18's.
WCTD: Can you remember who was the first deejay to appear on your sound? When was this?
NH: The first Deejay was "O Lord" in the 70’s
WCTD: Were there any other deejays alongside O Lord in the early days?
NH: Yes, we had guys like, General Rat, Natty Paul, Calico & Lincoln who would pass through.
WCTD: At what point in the seventies did Jaro start attracting the big name deejays.
NH: The sound system started to attract deejays from the early 70's, but it was in the late 70's that the more prominent ones started to appear.
WCTD: How did Jim Kelly come to Jaro?
NH: O Lord was the first professional Deejay that was on the sound. He was the one that brought Jim Kelly to the sound. At first I was not impressed with Jim Kelly, but he progressed rapidly. He took his work seriously and was very aggressive with the mic. He was loved by many.
WCTD: Did you have any favourite artists yourself?
NH: Everyone had different styles, some I liked and others I did not care about, but they all had their fans. I had to work with everyone, so I avoided a favourite.
WCTD: Can you tell us a little about Ainsley & how he came to select the sound?
NH: As you know I had a regular 9 - 5 job and during the early 80's I needed some help with the operation of the sound. I had a friend by the name of Ted who told me about Ainsley. At that time Ainsley played a little sound system in Skateland, and he also worked at Aquarius record shop in Half Way Tree. I arranged to meet with him, and the rest is history.
WCTD: In the days of sound clashing against other sounds with “live” artists, was it friendly rivalry or did things sometimes get out of hand?
NH: In those days sound clashes was friendly rivalry, and once in awhile thing may get a little out of hand, but it was easier to resolve in those days.
WCTD: What was the first significant clash that Jaro was involved in?
NH: The Skateland clash with Studio Mix was important because Studio Mix was killing a lot of sounds and they thought no one could kill them
WCTD: The other really significant clash's that spring to our minds are the 2 in 1984 vs Gemini and then later on in the year vs Volcano. Can you recall the story behind them and what are your thoughts on the outcome of them.
NH: I do not remember much about the Gemini clash except that we won it, but the Volcano clash was exciting. At that time Volcano had a big hype, it was doing very well, and the owner Junjo Lawes was a leading record producer with many of the top artists in his camp. The clash was held on Maxfield Ave, and it was a very big dance, at one stage Volcano was leading, and then we took the lead, and eventually won the clash.
WCTD: Throughout all the time you’ve been involved with Killamanjaro which has been your favourite era and why?
NH: Throughout all the time with the sound, my favourite era was the live deejay era. The sound started during this time and it was like a stage show.
WCTD: Do you think that the days when deejays and singers learned and performed live on a set, will ever return?
NH: No, the culture has evolved, and I do not believe those days will return.
We would like to thank Mr Harper for all the help he has given us in getting all of this together, thanks Boss we really appreciate it.
Killamanjaro @ Skateland, Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5, August 1982
Featuring: Jim Kelly, Danny Culture, Danny Dread, General Plough, Mr Cutter, Chakademus
Selector – Ainsley
“Dating from August of 1982 this Skateland recording captures Killamanjaro on the rise. Jaro have been busy cutting specials galore and number one selector Ainsley lets loose cuts from Sammy Dread and Don Carlos. Jim Kelly has developed into a fine deejay and here he shows his microphone skills on numerous pieces like “Common People”, “River Connection” and the cultural “Jah Have Mercy”. Danny Dread is another mic man that has followed the Brigadier Jerry school of deejaying and good he is too. Here he urges the masses to “Keep On Coming In A Dance” on the “Throw Me Corn” nugget. General Plough is given his opportunity and he doesn’t disappoint when singing “Rock With Me” on the Studio One “Real Rock” and a cover of “Captain Selassie I”. This is the Killamanjaro Posse rocking in a dancehall style.”
Killamanjaro v Studio Mix @ Skateland, Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5, circa October 1982
Featuring: Sassafrass, Danny Dread, Chakademus, Jim Kelly, Ranking Trevor
Selector - Ainsley
“Sound clashes at Skateland always packed the people in and this one pitted Jaro against another popular sound of the day, Studio Mix. Veteran Sassafrass, who’s “Skateland Rock” gets a great response from the crowd, boasts that “Jaro is the sound that plays the most Don Carlos specials” and the opening salvo on the tape has 3 in a row, starting with the singer’s “Lend Me The Chopper” and culminating with “Papa Jaro A The A1 Sound”. Old hand Ranking Trevor gets a chance to “Walk, Talk” over the mighty riddim of Michael Prophet’s “You Been Talking”, but it’s the new guard who lead the way, with Jim Kelly firing off sound bwoy lyrics to the heads of John Wayne and Papa Tullo in the Studio Mix ranks.”
Killamanjaro v Arrows @ Skateland, Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5, December 1982
Featuring: John Wayne, Sassafrass, Danny Dread, Lee Van Cliff, Billy Boyo, Jim Kelly, Lady Ann, General Plough, Michael Irie
Selector – Ainsley & Jah Wise
“Another big meeting at a pre Christmas dance held at Skateland and this time we have audio from both sounds. Ainsley is armed to the teeth with specials from the likes of Rod Taylor, Sammy Dread, Don Carlos and, of course, Johnny Osbourne with the famous “Reasons” dubplate. John Wayne, now in Jaro’s fold, gets a lot of mic time and shows great style in “Christmas A Come”, “Later Will Be Greater” and “Nah Walk In No Bad Boy Posse”. Sassafrass rides a series of Studio One dubs and his “DJ Gone Pon Tour” is a standout lyric on the Bandulu” riddim. Jaro’s reputation is boosted by an array of artists like Lee Van Cliff, youngsters Billy Boyo and Lady Ann and General Plough, who’s “Killamanjaro Don’t Fear No One” especially not Arrows.
Many thanks to Keimo for this one...
Arrows v Killamanjaro @ Skateland, Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5, December 1982
Featuring: Peter Metro, Liberty, Buro Banton, Squiddly Ranking, Shaka Shamba
Selector – Ricky Zagalou
Long running Dunkirk sound Arrows “The Ambassador” give as good as they get and are lead here by Peter Metro who displays the full range of his talents. “This Old Man” and “Vegetable” are old favourites of his and a combination “We Want Some Money” with his brother Squiddly also hits the spot. Selector Zagalou fires off some custom made specials of his own from Zuzu and Little John while Arrows stalwart deejays Liberty and Shaka Shamba know that “Papa Arrows’ Irie”. Perhaps the biggest “forward” for Arrows though, comes when Buro Banton pounds out his “Non Stop” lyrical barrage much to the delight of the crowd.”
Killamanjaro v Emperor Faith @ Skateland, Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5, 1983
John Wayne, Tony, Elfigo Barker, Jim Kelly, Danny Dread, Lee Van Cliff, General Plough, Dirty Harry
Selector – Ainsley
”Another soundclash in Skateland and it’s time for Emperor Faith to feel the heat of Jaro’s fire. Ainsley has a box chock full of Jaro “specials” and he’s not being shy with them. Aired here are dubs by Don Carlos, Sammy Dread, Carlton Livingston, whose “Play By Papa Jaro Alone” is brand new, and of course the killer Johnny Osbourne missiles which could win most dances outright. John Wayne’s familiar voice is heard throughout, hitting home in pieces like ”A Wa Do Me” , “You Too Nasty” and “Merteler”, while Lee Van Cliff struts his stuff deejaying and singing his way through “Rock It So Well”, “Ain’t No Stopping” and “Listen Mr Cliff”.
Killamanjaro @ Braeton 1983
The Dancehall elder, Lone Ranger is moving with the times and he can be heard on lyrics as diverse as "World
Ainsley keeps the selection crisp with music from George Nooks and Sammy Dread and Ranger and Kelly provide the Braeton-ites with excellent live entertainment."
Killamanjaro @ Love Lane, Kingston 5, 1983
Featuring: Pompido, Ranking Buckers, Papa Tullo, Danny Dread, Jim Kelly, Little John, Buro Banton, Toyan,
John Wayne, Puddy Roots, Matta Pang, U. Brown, Lone Ranger,
Selector – Ainsley
“A mammoth Killamanjaro tape clocking in at 2 and a half hours recorded at a Love Lane venue in downtown Kingston. There’s a great line up present with lots of top ranking deejays and singers all taking turns to nice up promoter Jah Wise’s dance. Ranking Buckers has been around since the mid seventies and on more than one occasion his lyrics pay tribute to the notorious Spanglers posse. Jim Kelly puts in a long shift here, always hitting the spot as “Nah Fight”, “No Drink Fe Drunk”, “Father Jaro Rock” can testify. Lone Ranger makes his entrance in the second half of the proceedings with passages like “Credel” and “Me Big” done in his inimitable style. Jaro’s musical style is laid out over the course of the night with Ainsley moving through selections from, Barry Brown, Hugh Griffiths, John Holt, Sugar Minott, Linval Thompson and Johnny Osbourne and including many specials. A fine example of Killamanjaro in full effect!”
**Please note, the last 10 minutes of the tape of part 1 was stretched so it keeps speeding up and slowing down.**
Killamanjaro @ Skateland, Half Way Tree Road, Kingston 5, February 1983
Featuring: Lone Ranger, John Wayne, Puddy Roots, Buro Banton, Papa Tullo, Jim Kelly, Ugly Francis
Selector - Ainsley
“Introducing a next Skateland session, this time in February and featuring a very typical Jaro line up of the day. John Wayne sparkles briefly on “True She Fat” while his spar Papa Tullo has many lyrics to burn and they are evident on “Listen to Papa T” and “Fling It Down”. Lone Ranger rides the ever popular “Cuss Cuss” riddim in “Come Out Of Me Life” before introducing his apprentice deejay Ugly “Beautiful” Francis, who in turn tips his hat to the master in “Ranger A Me Teacher”. The singing duties are left to Puddy Roots and he sings his tale of discrimination in “Long Haired Freaky People” which always goes down well in a dance.”
Killamanjaro @ Waltham Avenue, Waltham Park, Kingston, March 1983
Jim Kelly, Buro Banton, John Wayne, Danny Dread, Puddy Roots, Sugar Minott, Sammy Dread, Skinny Ranking, Lee Van Cliff, Ashanti Waugh
Selector – Ainsley
“The crowd is packed in tight to this venue on Waltham Avenue with hardly any room to move. Big “supa” Sugar Minott lights this session up by saluting the sound in “Killamanjaro” as well as showcasing some of his numerous hits like “No Vacancy”, “Rough Ole life” and “Lover’s Race” to name but a few. Danny Dread and Lee Van Cliff team up for the tale of “Two Natty Dread” and Jim Kelly is on fire with “Can’t Take Me Next Door Neighbour”, “Brutalization” and “Walk & Talk” really heating up this rammed dance on the Waltham.”
Killamanjaro @ 3 Piece Lawn, Naggo Head, Portmore, St Catherine, 1983
Danny Dread, Jim Kelly, Echo Minott, Dirty Harry
Selector – Ainsley
“The 3 Piece Lawn at Naggo Head was a popular venue on the dancehall circuit with the top name sounds often passing through. This evening’s entertainment came just before another Jaro clash with Arrows, the deejays and singer, give good performances here. Jim Kelly and Danny Dread really rule this tape, both taking turns to rock the dance. On “Killamanjaro Soca” Kelly shows everyone his fast style skills on the ever present “Never Let Go” riddim, while the Dread details the “Water Shortages” in the parishes. Echo Minott manages to grab the mic to version his breakthrough single “Man In Love”.
Killamanjaro @ Mckintyre Centre, Dunkirk 16 June 1983 Part 1
Jim Kelly, John Wayne, Dirty Harry, Peter Metro, Lady Ann, Squiddly Ranking, U.U. Madoo, Puddy Roots, Chicken Chest, Zuzu
Selector - Ainsley
“Whilst pooling our tapes together we’ve quite often assumed we’ve both got the identical tape of the same dance. But on this session it turned out we were both holding different parts. Now with a running time of over 3 hours, this early June dance, held at the McIntyre Centre in the Dunkirk area of Eastern Kingston, has also attracted Peter Metro and the Metromedia posse and they join the Jaro regulars to present a dancehall delight. The highlights are many with singers U.U. Madoo, with “Farmer Man” and Puddy Roots sounding good on the mic, with “Give Me The Right”. Ainsley has all the top “specials” at hand and the deejays don’t disappoint either. Metro, as ever dominates proceedings, especially on pieces like “Big Brain” and “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down”. Not forgetting John Wayne, coming strong with lyrics like “True She Fat” and “What A T’ing” and the ever reliable Jim Kelly voicing passages like “After 1, After 2” and “Badness A Madness”.
Killamanjaro @ Love Shack Lawn, 7a Lissant Road, Kingston, 24th June 1983
Part 1: Jim Kelly, John Steel, U.U. Madoo, Dirty Harry, Puddy Roots
Part 2: Jim Kelly, John Steel, U.U. Madoo, Dirty Harry, Puddy Roots, Yellowman
Selector – Ainsley
“The Love Shack Lawn is the venue for this excellent Killamanjaro session. Ainsley is running tunes from Dennis Brown, Little John, Hugh Griffiths and Linval Thompson and the “live” artists don’t hold back. The not often heard deejay John Steel gets a chance to rock it and he chats pieces like “We A Superstar” and “You See We”. Towards the end Yellowman steps into the dance and he drops his hit lyrics “Ribbit Mi Hand” much to the crowd’s delight. The tape is tinged with sadness though as its the last time we hear Jim Kelly in action. He doesn’t hold back here, lambasting irresponsible parents on “Baby Father” and, ironically, one of his last lyrics has him lashing out at the gun pests in “Go Weh With Badness”.
I had next 90 minute part of this one that sadly has gone missing, if anyone has a copy of it we would really appreciate if you could send it to us to add to the site. The part I had continued on from this one and mostly featured Yellowman on the mic.
Many thanks to Daddy Keimo for this one....
Killamanjaro @ Whitehall Avenue, Kingston, circa August/September 1983
Super Cat, John Wayne, Dirty Harry, Junior Reid, U.U. Madoo, Hopeton James, Hugh Mundell, Puddy Roots, Major Manzie
Selector – Ainsley
“Super Cat is now a regular star for Killamanjaro and on this session he’s on good lyrical form getting “forwards” from the crowd for “Chant Down Babylon” on the “Freedom Blues” rhythm. His hailing of “Jamaica 21” anniversary gives us a clue as to the date of the dance too. The late Hugh Mundell and his sparring partner Junior Reid pass through for a couple of numbers, Mundell versioning “Reasons” and Reid tackling the “Some Guys” standard. John Wayne is relentless in his “Title” passage and Major Manzie finishes this hour long excerpt with “Come Along”.
Killamanjaro Donald Sangster Centre, May Pen, Clarendon, October 1983
Early B, Puddy Roots, Super Cat, Dirty Harry
Selector – Ainsley
“This is Jaro appearing at the Donald Sangster Centre in May Pen and the deadly duo of Early B and Super Cat are now firmly running things for Papa Jaro. Riding some great tunes from newer singers like Clarence Parks, Robert French, Trevor Junior and Rod Taylor all selected by Ainsley, the “most crucial operator”. Early B comes forward with tracks like “A No Any Gal”, “Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” and his wicked “Learn Fe Drive” before Apache Cat adds his “Learn Fe Ride” to the proceedings. One of Jaro’s top singers Puddy Roots graces the dance too, offering the singer’s perspective with; “Crooked Man”, “Meet Me By The River” and “Come Out Of My Life” sung on a wicked new dancehall cut of “Cuss, Cuss”.
Another from Ruffhouse's collection that I have cleaned up...
Killamanjaro vs Gemini Skateland January 1984 (2010 Redo)
Featuring: Early B, Supercat, John Wayne, Puddy Roots, UU Madoo, Billy Boyo, Lee Van Cleef, Danny Dread, Peter Ranking, Dirty Harry, Papa Tullo
It’s a big sound clash in Half Way Tree as Papa Jaro takes on one time champ Daddy Gemi, and it’s a case of the new school running things. Most people have Jaro as winners of the clash, Mr Harper told us that indeed Jaro came out on top this night in Skateland. Lyrically Jaro’s deejays were miles ahead and personally I prefer Ainsley’s selection. We have 2 parts to the Gemini side here so you can make up your own minds.
Highlights include some wicked Johnny Osbourne dubs including the massive ‘Skateland murderer’ over the ‘real rock’ rhythm and ‘Papa Jaro sacrifice the barber’ over the ‘Ali baba’. Another highlight is when Ainsley drops the Anthony Johnson dubplate special ‘she’s my baby’ over the ‘full up’ rhythm and Supercat dedicates it to “all DJ’s who run off them mouth” then you hear him say to Ainsley off the mic “just mix me down proper and me gwine fix the bwoy Squiddly’s business” Over the version the apache gets the crowd bawling forward when he drops pure almshouse lyrics straight to his head. Early B is in a rare almshouse mood also as he tells the Skateland massive that Squiddly got his gold chain from pirating ‘history of Jamaica’ before dropping a dread version of his ‘visit of Selassie I’ in which he gets in some cussing of Squiddly & Peter Metro.
A Massive thanks to Daddy Ruffhouse for these great tapes....
Killamanjaro vs Metromedia Skateland Roller Disco, Halfway Tree June 1984
Killamanjaro @ Ewarton, St Catherine, 4th August 1984
Featuring: Early B, Charlie Chaplin, Puddy Roots, Little Twitch, Dirty Harry
Selector – Ainsley
“This is Jaro rocking the town of Ewarton in St Catherine with a line up that features both Early B and Charlie Chaplin. There’s a good respect shown to each other as they pass the microphone around and there are a lot of great lyrics to be heard. “Learn Fe Drive”, “Operating Theatre” and “Owner Man” are stand outs from Early B’s, while Chaplin’s “Talking Pigeon”, “Disaster” and “Jam The Session” is the “Principal” in typically good form. Jaro’s number one singer Puddy Roots flexes his soundbwoy skills on his ”Roots Jaro Roots” sung to the tune of “Ali Baba”. Not forgetting deejay Little Twitch who discusses the advancements in “TV & Video” and his popular “Aloe Vera”. All in all this is another great ’84 Killamanjaro session.”
Many thanks to Daddy Bluey for this better copy.....
Killamanjaro Tropics Club, 5 Dunfries Road, Kingston 1984
Featuring: Papa Levi, Half Pint, Edi Fitzroy, Early B, Super Cat, Puddy Roots, U U Madoo, Buro Banton, Tonto Irie, Clarence Parks
Jaro are playing at the Tropics Club again and there are lots of Big names passing through, The most unusual of them being Saxon MC Philip Levi who is in JA from the UK. Some great selection from Ainsley and with a line-up like this you know it's going to be WORRIES!!
Killamanjaro – Tropics Club, 5 Dunfries Road, Kingston 5 19-12-1984
Killamanjaro – Success Club, 40 Wildman Street, Kingston December 1984
Featuring: Super Cat, Little Twitch, U.U. Madoo, Redman, Buro, Puddy Roots, Johnny Osbourne, Dirty Harry, Ashman
Selector – Ainsley
“Up until the “Sleng Teng” took over things at the beginning of 1985, the Killamanjaro sound and their crew of entertainers had really been running things for a couple of years. With a talented core of deejays like Super Cat, Early B, Buro and Little Twitch they could hardly go wrong. The Success Club in downtown Kingston is the host for this late ’84 event. Early B is absent sick, so it’s left to Super Cat to send down a barrage of lyrics to keep the feisty crowd happy. However all is not well and the people upset Johnny Osbourne and we nearly don’t get to hear perhaps one best singer of sound boy dancehall lyrics. Luckily he’s coaxed back and he voices live his classic “Reasons” dubplate on the “Unmetered Taxi”. Little Twitch drops down in a poetry for his dancehall take of “The Owl & The Pussycat” and Buro, upset about being cussed by other deejays, has to defend himself rigorously. A very lively Jaro tape”
Killamanjaro Hi Fi
Part 2 of this Wicked session and on this one we get a great section where Ainsley drops the massive 'Sleng Teng' & all the artists line up to do their thing over it.... Classic Jaro stylee!!
We have two different copies of this one to present to you.
WCTD copy (runs for 1 hour 40 minutes) Download 2016
Next copy that I have reworked (Has different bits on) Download 2016
Get the GT side HERE
Killamanjaro Hi Fi Gemini Club, Halfway Tree, Kingston 2/6/85
Killamanjaro @ Prison Oval, Spanish Town, St Catherine, July 1985
Featuring: Little Twitch, General Jah Mikey, Puddy Roots
Selector – Apache I
“Mr Harper’s Killamanjaro nice up the Prison Oval area in this entertaining hour long tape. You don’t often hear General Jah Mikey on Jaro but here, with able help from Little Twitch, he’s lyrically sharp on “Prison Oval We Deh”, “Easy No Man” and “Open The Dub Box”. And from that box selector Apache I chooses some crisp tunes from Pad Anthony, Anthony Johnson and Half Pint to keep the dance rocking. “Talking” Twitch is no slouch too as his “Line Up & Come” and “No Dance No Ram Last Night” pieces show.”
Killamanjaro Bamboo Lawn, Cockburn Penn 20-2-86
Early B's Birthday Dance
Featuring: Early B, Supercat, Tenor Saw, Little John, Malibu, Power Saw, Burro Banton, Delton Screechie, Puddy Roots, LittleKirk, Hopeton James, Jim Brown, Philip Fanna, Dirty Harry, Pompidoo, Tullo T, Junior Cat, Iron Man, Roddy Irie, Sister C, Andy Williams, Tweeters, Ugliman, Marlon Brando, Hornsman, Joe Lickshot...
Operator: Patchie Eye....
An all star turnout for the Doctors Birthnight celebrations in Cockburn Penn, even his old spar the Apachie Cat is back around Jaro for this dance and a real lively event it is.... Great selection from Patchie Eye and lyrics galore from the entertainers make for yet another Boom session from the Champion sound Daddy Jaro
Originally came on 2 tapes, have edited into the correct playing order as a single file.. Runs for almost 2 and a half hours...
Killamanjaro v Stereo One v Creation @ Great River, Montego Bay, St James, 27th December 1986
Featuring: Ironman, Ninjaman, Puddy Roots, Hugh Griffiths, Dirty Harry, Ruddy Irie, Daddy Wayne, Conrad Crystal, Junior Cat, Early B
Selector – Jeremy Lee
“A two area soundclash which pitted Jaro (Kingston) v Stereo One (Spanish Town) v Creation (Spanish Town) against each other. With Jeremy Lee firing off lethal specials from the likes of Tenor Saw, Little John and Delton Screechy and raggamuffin lyrics from the performers, Jaro are sharp as a razor. Emerging out of the deejay pack is Ninjaman, who’s quickly developing into a lyrical killing machine, all chatted with that quick fire labbrish style which would see him dominate sound clashes for years to come. “Send For The Hearse” and “Jaro Lick Pon Rapid” show why he was feared. Singers Conrad Crystal and Hugh Griffiths also boost Jaro’s reputation with some incisive soundbwoy interjections. Junior Cat and Early B make their entrance halfway through, with Cat’s “Informer Fe Dead” and B’s “Free Mandela” making an impression here.”
Killamanjaro vs Silverhawk Skateland 1988 Part 2
Featuring: Early B, Little John, Teddy Brown, Ninja Man, Major Mackeral, Junior Cat, Early Black, Joe Lickshot....
This is another one I got from the tape vendor in Montego Bay in 1990. I'd forgotten all about it and found it in a box of tapes the other day.
Killamanjaro vs Stone Love Skateland 1989
Killamanjaro vs Gemini & Pieces Montego Bay 1990